Based in Balnarring, Mornington Peninsula on Bunurong / Boon Wurrung country, the coastal ecologies of Western Port are central to Warren Cooke’s work and have been for the past 15 years. Cooke works predominantly in the woodcut medium, and he has been working for some time on an ongoing series focusing on the intersection of land, sea, and sky. The preparatory drawings and documentation take place in a small boat that he sails solo, bringing the artist and his work into direct sensorial relationship with place. The slow layering of colour and form, intrinsic to the woodcut process, mirrors Cooke’s own accumulating layers of somatic memory and sense of place.
Cooke graduated in 1994 from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, majoring in printmaking. He has had multiple solo and group exhibitions with highlights being Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Fremantle Print Prize finalist, Burnie Print Prize finalist, CPM National Print Awards and Silk Cut finalist. His works are held in private and public collections in Australia and overseas.